Excerpt from The Book 10/20/Life: “What, Then, is 10/20/LIFE?”

By: Brian Carroll

“It’s the professional’s way to get stronger and set world records, but it’s also a way to go about your life with honor, integrity, and respect, the way a professional should”.

Honor isn’t about being the badass with the “I live life on my own terms” attitude. It’s about standing out from everyone else and doing the right thing without taking shortcuts in any area of your life. It’s about being a grown man or woman and leading the pack instead of trying to please everyone.

Not everyone is going to like you, and you can’t make them do it. All you can do is work hard, follow an intelligent plan, and do the right things. If you do this, I promise you’ll reap the rewards of being a leader. People may hate you for it, but nobody great ever worried about pleasing everyone all the time. The 10/20/Life is for everyone who’s tired of seeing people all over the internet who have no respect for themselves, or anyone else, leading the zombified masses to failure. As the saying goes, if you don’t stand for something, you’re bound to fall for anything, and this industry is living proof.



Internet “shelves” everywhere are lined with elementary strength and “be cool like your idol” books these days. If you believe the about the author sections in these things, just about everybody writing a book is either a world record holder, a world champion, a professional lifter, or a big time strength coach.

And it’s all total bullshit, because there are very few of us around, and most of us haven’t written books.

You see these “authors” talking about stuff they know nothing about on their blogs and websites, but when you meet them, you’re invariably disappointed, because they have no idea how to handle themselves around the iron. That’s when you find out they don’t know anything at all. This is all too prevalent nowadays, and it’s sad, because the only one who’s really suffering here is you.

Anyone can sound smart, experienced, and educated on the internet, but there’s a whole new breed of online paper champions out there lately, and I’ve had enough of it—especially when it comes to people who can’t handle the game and what comes with it.”

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Brian Carroll

Owner and Founder at PowerRackStrength.com
Brian is a retired world-class powerlifter with over two decades of world-class powerlifting. From 1999 to 2020, Brian Carroll was a competitive powerlifter, one of the most accomplished lifters in the sport's history. Brian started off competing in bench press competitions 'raw,' then, shortly into the journey, he gravitated toward equipped lifting as there were no "raw" categories then. You only had to choose from single-ply (USPF) and Multi-ply (APF/WPC). Brian went on to total 2730 at 275 and 2651 at 242 with more than ten times his body weight in three different classes (220, 242, 275), and both bench pressed and deadlifted over 800 pounds in two other weight classes. He's totaled 2600 over 20 times in 2 different weight classes in his career. With 60 squats of 1000lbs or more officially, this is the most in powerlifting history, regardless of weight class or federation, by anyone not named David Hoff. Brian realized many ups and downs during his 20+ years competing. After ten years of high-level powerlifting competition and an all-time World Record squat at 220 with 1030, in 2009, Brian was competing for a Police academy scholarship. On a hot and humid July morning, Brian, hurdling over a barricade at 275lbs, landed on, fell, and hurt his back. After years of back pain and failed therapy, Brian met with world-renowned back specialist Prof McGill in 2013, which changed his trajectory more than he could have imagined. In 2017, Brian Carroll and Prof McGill authored the best-selling book about Brian's triumphant comeback to powerlifting in Gift of Injury. Most recently (10.3.20) -Brian set the highest squat of all time (regardless of weight class) with 1306 lbs – being the first man to break the 1300lb squat barrier at a bodyweight of 303 lbs.
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